Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Number of Pages: 698
Publishing Date: Mar. 8th, 2016
After quickly devouring The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, I dove into Lady Midnight as soon as I could get my hands on it. This book centers around Emma Carstairs, her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, the rest of the Blackthorn siblings, and the mysterious murders that are occurring near the Los Angeles Shadowhunter Institute. While we only got a glimpse at these characters in City of Heavenly Fire, Lady Midnight delves into so many intricate layers of these characters and their stories. Not only was I enamored in these characters that Cassandra Clare so elegantly introduced us to previously, but it was the new, engaging, and plot-twist-galore story that had me hooked. Once I hit the 200-page mark, I knew that I would fly through the rest of this riveting novel. With a family of characters that have hilarious moments of wittiness and sarcasm as well as moments of terror and heartbreak, plot twists that made me jump up and down and squeal like a maniac, forbidden romances and lost loves that still have me extremely emotionally unstable, villains that are so intricately put together that you are able to peel back their layers and understand the different reasonings behind their reckless reigns of terror, and an ending that literally left me wanting to cry because I realized that I had to wait an entire year for the next book in this series, Lady Midnight might just be one of Cassandra’s best writings to date.
The rest of this review contains spoilers for Lady Midnight, TMI, and TID!
I will admit, the beginning of Lady Midnight caught me very off guard. We’re left to wonder who this Kit kid is and who Johnny Rook is and then AH, it all clicks and it all makes sense through the middle of the book and then HOLY CRAP THE ENDING, SO THAT’S WHY KIT WAS IN THE BEGINNING OF THE FREAKING BOOK. (That was basically my thought process okay.)
There were so many epic parts of the plot of this book, I’m probably going to forget 98% of what I wanted to talk about. But, anyways, let’s start with talking about the whole random-murders-happening-that-are-somehow-connected-to-Emma’s-parents-and-their-murder. I WAS SO INTRIGUED BY THIS WHOLE PLOTLINE. Maybe it’s because I love Law & Order: SVU, so trying to solve a crime like this was extremely fun and investigate-y. While I totally failed at predicting who the murderer was and why the murders were occurring, I was so fascinated with the entire plot that Cassandra Clare had come up with. She must have planned this all in advance because everything fits so perfectly together and there’s never a plot hole or a timeline flaw.
The romance that was in this book had me extremely, extremely emotional (to say the least). First of all, the whole forbidden love between Emma and Julian reminded me of when Clary and Jace thought they were siblings and it brought back my opinion of: “Screw what everyone else says I SHIP YOU TWO now kiss please.” Emma and Julian are just so cute together and adorable and there were SO MANY ALMOST-KISSES IN THIS BOOK. I was getting so frustrated and then all of a sudden the beach scene happened and my little fangirl heart almost popped out of my chest. Can we please talk about the parts like when Julian shows Emma his private studio of paintings of her? Or when they were dancing together and they were SO CLOSE TO KISSING I ALMOST SCREAMED? Or when they had a random make-out session on the front steps of the Institute (which was pretty stupid because anyone could have seen them)? The love that they have for each other is so strong and if they don’t end up together and live happily ever after (like Clace, Malec, Wessa, and now Jessa) I will probably throw my entire bookshelf out of my window. I really started shipping Cristina with Mark but then Perfect Diego and Kieran came along… And then that ending happened… So now I have no idea what’s going to happen. Is this going to be some kind of warped quadruple-love-triangle or something because that’s the kind of vibe I’m getting.
I love Emma’s character so much. I really grew to like her in COHF because she was so young yes so brave. I love how she’s so rebellious yet she’s so responsible when it comes to Julian and his siblings. Emma goes through a ton of character development in LM and I really appreciate how intricately put together her character is.
Julian’s character has so many layers. He basically has the world on his shoulders yet he continues to take on more and more responsibilities. It’s really no surprise that deep down he seems to be so broken and dark. He lies so easily to people (example: the end of the book when he makes up that huge lie) and I’m worried yet kind of excited(?) to see where his character will go in the next couple of novels.
“These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”
Oh, how I love the Blackthorn siblings. They all have such adorable individual personalities. I really love Mark. For being in the Wild Hunt for so many years, it’s obvious that he never lost the love he had for his family.
“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”
I really loved Cristina’s character! It’s so rare to have a true friendship between two female characters in YA novels, So Cristina and Emma’s friendship was a breath of fresh air. I haven’t completely decided how I feel about Perfect Diego yet… I don’t know, with the amount of plot twists that Cassandra throws at us constantly, I wouldn’t be surprised if his character wasn’t totally what it seems to be now. MALCOM FADE THOUGH, I never saw that coming at all. I really liked his character and I think that after Magnus I started to feel like all warlocks were good… but, LOL, I guess not. BUT GAH, I still felt so bad for him. Also, am I the only one that thinks it’s so obvious that he isn’t dead…? At this point, unless there’s an actual dead body, I don’t believe a character is dead because *cough*so many plot twists*cough*.
“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”
As always, Cassandra Clare’s beautifully stunning writing always takes me by surprise and captures my attention completely. From the very first page, I found myself completely enamored with the Shadow World once again. Words cannot express how beautiful Cassie’s writing is and if I ever become a writer, my goal will be to somehow write a piece of literature that is half as amazing as any book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles.
Overall, this might just be my favorite 2016 YA book release. This book was full of twists and turns and after the first 100 pages, I flew so quickly through the book that I was finding myself trying to slow down so I could really indulge myself in this world for just a little bit longer. If you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, READ THIS. If you haven’t read either of those series yet, you could probably read this book and understand what’s happening, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING THOSE OTHER TWO SERIES FIRST. There are so many characters that are featured in this book that are more prominently featured in those series and their stories are all so beautiful so YES, read TMI, then TID, and then read Lady Midnight. You will not be disappointed.
“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them.”
So, have you read Lady Midnight? What did you think of it? Comment your thoughts below!